Thursday, January 27, 2011

More recent arrivals.

The macrobiotic cooking books have arrived!
Plus some other nice vegan cooking books,
and the Just Bento cookbook!

Japanese Bamboo Baskets

Collecting Design, Adam Lindeman

Weaving as Metaphor, Sheila Hicks
(This is a beautiful, beautiful book.
See Book By Its Cover entry here.)

Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics

It's Beautiful Here, Isn't It, Photographs by Luigi Ghirri

Hiroh Kikai: Asakusa Portraits

Lousie Bourgeois: The Blind Leading the Blind, Makhi Xenakis

The English Garden at Night, Linda Rutenberg

The Selby is in Your Place, Todd Selby

Japanese Style, Slesin, Suzanne; Cliff, Stafford; Rozensztroch, Daniel,

Coming Up For Air, Stephen Gill
(Really, really, great new release photography book)

Arts and Craft Companion, Pamela Todd

Japanese Photography Books of the 60s and 70s

The Judith Rothschild Foundation
Contemporary Drawings Collection

Still Life

Century Ceramics WOA, Edmund de Waal

Setting Sun: Writings by Japanese Photographers, Ivan Vartanian et al

ku:nel, Casa Brutus and Come Home have arrived.

Books just arrived from
FOIL, Toto, Seigensha & Atelier Bow-Wow.

Featuring photos, works and words by/on
Yasuhide Kuge, Rei Kawakubo,
Terunobu Fujimori & Yoshimoto Nara.


(look inside!)

In order to justify the singular vision and approach

of this celebrated Japanese fashion designer,

the organisers of this retrospective at the MOCA,

Detroit decided to create an all-compassing installation –

with numerous individual pieces selected in order

to reveal a complex and multifaceted whole.

Presenting the fruits of a practice that spans more than 20 years,

the exhibition and delightfully conceived catalogue

present clothes and accessories designed both for

Commes des Garçons and under her own name,

shop designs, posters, advertisements, collaborations with

architects, photographers, Merce Cunningham, and with those

that wear and style the clothes. The publication is interspersed

throughout with various images from the exhibition, film-stills,

photographs and texts from five different authors.

138 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 28 cm, pb, English


(look inside!)

Kuge Yasuhide’s second publication saw the
photographer visit a number of ateliers of
prominent Japanese artists and document
the place where ‘values’ are created.
The studio spaces of Yayoi Kusama, Katsura Funakoshi
and Takashi Murakami, for example,
are vividly and lively represented
in this photography book.
Tools used in the studio, the atelier spaces themselves,
personal details, favourite objects and
studio assistants who support the artist
in their daily practice all appear in these images,
exposing and emphasising the richness of
these ‘scenes’ of creation.
Illustrated throughout with full colour images,
the publication contains very little text.

144 p, ills colour, 21 x 28 cm, pb, Japanese



Part of an important tradition in Japan,
bathing is not only for washing away the stress
and fatigue of a long and busy day, but it is also
for dreaming and creative play.
Wishing to unlock the bath’s forgotten potential,
the editors of this edition asked six architects
to envision their schemes for the bath of the future.
Beautifully realised and laid-out while retaining a
Japanese aesthetic, this volume examines six
bathing projects from Terunobu Fujimori, Kumiko Inui,
Sou Fujimoto, Junya Ishigami, Torafu and Yuko Nagayama.
A generous blend of photographs, plans,
models and sketches accompany each design
that is also explored through the thoughts and
motivations of each participating architect.

194 p, ills colour & bw, 18 x 24 cm, hb, Japanese/English


With a signature use of botanic or landscape motifs
coupled with diffuse lines that form map-like objects,
Kyoto based painter Ryoko Aoki’s working approach
has led to the creation of her own unique
floating world full of mysterious humour.
This first publication on the work of the artist
presents an extensive body of predominantly existing
works on paper that also explore the theme of ‘linking.’
Delightfully produced, the book is illustrated throughout
and contains a combination of delicate sketches,
watercolours and gouache on paper, along with
several photographs, juxtaposed and linked to one another.

128 p, ills colour & bw, 25 x 18 cm, pb, Japanese/English


A younger generation of Korean artists have been emerging

over recent years with new forms of expression that

reflect an understanding of issues relevant

to the rest of the art world, yet with a unique Korean sensibility.

Published to coincide with an exhibition carrying

the same title at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma

Museum of Contemporary Art, this book surveys the works of 15 artists,

including Yee Sookyung, Kim Dokyun, Yoon Jeongmee,

Won Seoungwon, Ji Yongho, MeeNa Park and Lee JIhyun.

All are introduced through colour images of a

selection of recent works and accompanied by

several essays, biographic notes and short written introductions

about each artist’s practice.

120 p, ills colour & bw, 19 x 24 cm, pb, Korean/Japanese/English


(look inside!)

Admired by a growing group of fans from around the world,
Miyako Kanamori’s nui-gurumi dolls each have a
unique and adorable characteristic.
The artist’s stuffed-dolls, which take the form of
much loved animals such as cows, penguins,
monkeys and koala bears, for example, are produced
from worn out clothes or textiles taken from fashion brand labels
such as Kate Spade and Cath Kidson.
Following on from a successful edition from a few years ago,
this catalogue features 76 unique dolls each
depicted one to a page and in full colour.

64 p ills colour 18 x 21 Japanese/English pb


Devoid of any text, this collection of both single
full-page and double-spread colour photographs
presents a unique interpretation of Japanese gardens.
These images of gardens- “Niwa to Sono” in Japanese –
seem at first glance almost uninteresting and typical
in the manner in how various features, pathways,
buildings along with seasonal views are depicted.
However, closer inspection reveals an intelligent eye
for the exact choice of these images and the choices
for both composition and depth of colour.

68 p ills 40 colour 22 x 31 Japanese/English hb


Collection of some 200 colourful design drawings,
including two-dimensional, unfolded-view pictures
and edge patterns, for the colourful over glazed pictures
and patterns painted on porcelain that date from the
Meiji and Taisho period. These styles include early
Kutani, Imari, Aka-e, polychrome Nabeshima and Kakiemon,
some of which reflect Chinese influence.

264 p ills colour & b/w 11 x 15 Japanese/English pb


Following on from the cult success of the
‘Pet Architecture Guide Book ‘,
Atelier Bow-Wow
presents a comprehensive survey of some
70 small scale house designs and projects
of their own making that deal predominantly
with the complexities of dense urban environments.
Conversations on twelve different urban and
architectural issues relevant to their practice are
threaded throughout this book which comes
exhaustively illustrated with photographs,
models, plans, sketches and elevations.

320 p ills colour & b/w 17 x 21 Japanese/English pb


Publication featuring work produced by Nara since
the late 80s which formed part of a travelling exhibition
which visited three different locations.
At each site unique exhibition spaces were
created in collaboration with the
design group Graf from Osaka.
This book introduces not only the exhibited works,
but also the layout of the installations along with the plans of each site.

226 p ills 180 colour 17 x 21 Japanese/English pb


Volume presenting a collection of some 200 examples of the bold,

vivid designs of Ryukyu bingata stencil dyeing which

differs distinctly from traditional Japanese dyeing.

254 p ills colour 11 x 15 Japanese/English pb

Monday, January 24, 2011

Closed Thursday Jan 27

MR KITLY will be closed this Thursday January 27 2010.

I am very sorry about any inconvenience this
might cause for any planned visits on this day.

We will re-open as normal Friday-Sunday this week.

Thank you!

Friday, January 14, 2011

maker post series #3 - HIMAA

The third of the maker post series features Japanese artist HIMAA.
So great!
MR KITLY stocks HIMAA zines, badges and totes.

Please read on below for an insight into the wonderful world of HIMAA...


What do you make?
I usually do drawing, sometimes make sculpture
and have been making zines.

Where do you make them?

At my home.

How long have you been making them?

I have been making them about 7 years.

please choose 3 interweb links that you most enjoy to click on.
Tool-Making Crows:
wikipedia: Random article

what were you doing this morning at 11?
I was at a meeting with an editor.

how did you first start working/creating in your field?
One of the reason was moving up to Tokyo?

where do you see beauty in the everyday?

Where ever in the everyday life.

what book do you find yourself returning to often?

I often open a tarot guidebook recently.

what is your favourite space in your home or studio?

I like to be by the south facing large window.
You can see 3 cats outside from there.

could you describe one object that you treasure?
It is Dick Bruna's sign.
I got it from him at his studio in Utrecht in 2001.

who inspires you?

Especially not, but child.

how would you describe your hometown to someone from overseas?

It is a city where is between mountain and sea.
There was a great earthquake in 1995.

what do you think of when you think of Melbourne, Australia?

It's far.

Please choose 5 pictures or images that tell a small part of your life

or the various sources of your inspiration.

That's all , Thank you for interview to me.
I saw a cat on your web-site, that's cute : -)

- himaa

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Renilde's new items

New items from Renilde have arrived!

Potholders, embroidered pincushions,
crochet seat cushion, and beautiful new mobiles.